In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
Sgt. Skinner was dropped into our silly lil games as the last Personal Prize for Act One of the Sci-Fi Event 2016.
In this post I will be going over the Origin of Sgt. Skinner. Why is he in our games? Why does he have the name of our infamous Principal? What does he have to do with all things Geeky? Let’s dive into the Simpsons TV Series to find out more.
Season 9, Episode 2: The Principal and the Pauper
It is Seymour’s 20th year at the school and Chalmers has decided to have a surprise Tribute for him. Lisa has volunteered in class to do a report on Seymour’s life for the Tribute.
The night of the Tribute, Agnes tells Seymour that they will NOT be doing their usual Silhouette Night. Instead she is all dressed up and wants to go out. She pulls up to Springfield Elementary, where of course the signage outside pretty much gives away the surprise.
The night is full of the kids talking about Skinner’s heroism in the Vietnam War, how he escaped being a POW to return to Springfield and become the best Principal, songs sang by the kids in honor of him, just an entire night all about Seymour Skinner. As all the festivities are going on inside, a car happens by outside with a stranger intrigued by the Tribute going on.
As Seymour is blowing out the celebratory candles and making his thank you speech, a man comes into the gym and yells out that he is NOT Skinner. Everyone is taken back and in shock as Principal “Skinner” admits that man is correct. The Stranger is in fact the REAL Seymour Skinner.
Back in the Principals office, we find out that the REAL Seymour Skinner was the Principal’s Sergeant during Vietnam War and the Principal assumed Skinner had been killed in action on a scouting trip. Sgt Skinner in fact had been captured and was in a Secret POW camp for 5 years before being sold to China for slave labor. Since 1977 he has been making Sneakers. The U.N. had just shut the factory down a week ago and he was finally shipped home.
So… just what is the name of the guy that has been posing as Seymour all this time? Armin Tamzarian is his actual name. An Orphan from Capitol City. He was nothing more than a street punk causing chaos. He soon found himself in front of a Judge who gave him options… Jail, Army, or apologize to the Judge and the Old Lady he stole the purse from. He chose Army, though quickly regretted it when he found out a War was going on.
During the War, he was given a life lesson by his Sergeant. Sgt Skinner, who spoke fondly of the place he came from, Springfield. Of his dreams to return back and become the Elementary School Principal. Armin became fond of him over time and looked up to Sgt Skinner as the big brother he never had. He gave him hope. Shortly after, during a mission, Sgt Skinner went missing and was presumed dead. Armin was saddened and felt like his life lost all meaning again.
Armin felt it was his duty to return to Springfield and deliver the grim news to Sgt. Skinner’s mother in person. In Springfield, he was greeted at the door by a confused Agnes that assumed it was her son standing in front of her. Armin made the decision to become Skinner at that moment instead of breaking her heart. For the next 26 years he worked to live out the dream of his idol Sgt Skinner, to live the life he thought Skinner would want. Sgt Skinner seems to be forgiving and understanding of what Armin did.
Agnes however does not seem to want to deal with any of this. She wants nothing to do with either one. She has NO son!
All around town, Armin is finding that people are not so accepting of what he did to Skinner. Saying they call only think of him as a fraud and nothing more. Armin decides to resign as Principal so the REAL Seymour Skinner can finally take on the job he always dreamed of during the War.
Armin also decides to move out of Agnes’ home and leave town for good. He goes to Ms. Krabappel’s place to let her know. She begs him to stay, she doesn’t care what he’s done… but his mind is made up. He goes to the storage unit that’s held his real possessions for all these years, puts on his leather jacket, hops on his bike, and rides back to Capitol City yelling “UP YOURS” at the kids as he goes.
Sgt Skinner tries to adapt to the role of Springfield Elementary but he is not too happy that none of the kids know or perform the Pledge of Allegiance anymore. Armin meanwhile is taking on odd jobs in Capitol City, like a sign walker for a Topless Nudes location. Sgt Skinner is also not making Agnes very happy. He comes home late (after 7pm)… from a Bar! He refuses to sit for silhouette night. Then he promptly tells Agnes he is going to take her car for the night. She is not happy at all.
The Simpsons, Agnes, Edna, Grampa, and even Jasper all jump into the Simpsons car and head to Capitol City. They do not like the actual Skinner and want the old Skinner back. Armin refuses to leave. He was born no good and will stay there and be no good. Agnes however was not going to have it. She yells at him, just like a Mother would, and demands he march his butt down to the car and go back to Springfield with them all. He obeys her, as well as the rest of the gang.
Everyone meets up at Springfield Elementary where Homer announces that Armin is going to take back his role as Principal and stay there in town to be the guy they knew him to be. Sgt Skinner reminds them that HE is the REAL Skinner, a War Hero, and deserves respect. So they tie him to a train car and ship him out of town. Complete with a farewell party and a band playing as the train takes him away. Once he is gone, Judge Snyder confirms on Armin the name of Seymour Skinner… as well as his past, present, future, and Mother. Everything will go back to what it was before all of this… and no one will every mention it again… under penalty of torture.
There you have it, an impostor that took over the life of (he thought) his dead Sergeant was outed, moved on, but then brought back to Springfield… all while the REAL Sgt Seymour Skinner had a short but quick reunion with his Mother and old life… just to have it all taken away again. Poor Guy.
What do you think of the episode? Did you remember it? Did you remember Seymour’s real name? What do you think of Sgt Skinner? Have him yet in your game? Remember seeing him again in further episodes? Let us know.